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Cajun Chicken Pasta with Parmesan Topping

For Parmesan Topping-
2 Cups Panko bread crumbs
½ Stick Melted Butter
½ bunch fresh Parsley chopped
1 Tbsp granulated garlic
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
For Pasta-
1 Large Green Bell Pepper
1 Large Red Bell Pepper
1 Medium Jalapeno
1 Large Yellow Onion (diced)
¼ lb bacon (diced into small cubes)
2 Chicken Breasts (diced into medium cubes)
4 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
4 Oz Cream Cheese Softened
4 Oz Shredded Pepper-Jack Cheese
8 Oz Shredded Irish Cheddar Cheese (can substitute from regular cheddar)
1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
6oz Penne Pasta


For Parmesan Topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Combine all ingredients in medium sized bowl

Spread mixture out evenly onto foil lined baking sheet and place in oven

Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

Remove from oven and let cool

For Pasta
Remove tops from bell peppers and jalapeño

Cut peppers in half and deseed

Place peppers face down on foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray

Spray tops of peppers with non-stick spray

Season tops of peppers with salt and pepper

Place in oven and let roast until tops of peppers begin to bubble and char

Remove peppers from oven and place in bowl

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let peppers sweat for 5—10 minutes

Remove peppers from bowl and peel off charred skins

Dice peppers and set aside

Heat heavily salted water in a large pot

Add bacon to large heated sauté pan and cook until slightly crispy

Remove cooked bacon and set aside, leaving grease in the pan

Add diced onions to bacon grease and cook until translucent

Add chicken to onions

Add Cajun seasoning making sure to coat chicken completely

While chicken is cooking, add pasta to heated water and cook till al dente. Remove pasta from stove,
turn off heat, and drain the water from the pasta. Return pasta to pot

Once chicken is fully cooked, add diced tomatoes to mixture, allow to cook for 3-5 minutes until mixture begins to bubble

Add cream cheese, pepper-jack and cheddar cheeses to mixture and allow cheese to melt completely

Add heavy cream and let mixture reduce

Add chicken mixture to pasta making sure to coat pasta with sauce completely

Portion pasta into dishes and top with Parmesan topping


*Yields 3 servings

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